Thursday, October 23, 2008

Apple Butter!!!!

So, went apple picking with Miss Karen down the street. Had a lot of fun and Michael was really the definition of GOOD:) We got tons of apples at only 69 cents a pound, so we've been doing a lot with apples lately. The other day, Geoff and I decided to try a hand at canning. It can be done with just a big pot and Mason Jars, which we had, so we tried and succeeded!!!Actually, I did most of it, Geoff just got the hot jars out of the hot water......But still....

Here we are picking said apples:)

While cooking, Michael built towers. he thought everyone should see his glorious works:)
I really think Michael and I will be enjoying this canning thing:)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

New Arthritis Drug Being Tested

OK. So everyone that knows me needs to read this! This seems like it would be such a great invention. Problem with pills is generally they afftect your organs in a more problimatic way, so, we'll see. But a pill that takes a couple of seconds, as opposed to an infusion that takes three to four hours, sounds great. Especially when finding a vein is generally a very hard thing for people to do on me:( Anyway....Read. And keep your eyes and ears open. I'll be on board.
Remember, I've been on the self injections, twice a week, Enbrel. Now I'm on the Remicade infusions. I'm going once a month, but maybe that will change to every six weeks soon:) And of course, all the other stuff I am on or have been on. I'm a human Guinea Pig...

Monday, October 13, 2008

Nice Weekend

Well, seems Summer has decided not to leave us yet. We had an awesome weekend with highs in the 70's and were able to get out and take in some of the beauty surrounding us. The colors up here are amazing. Brilliant oranges and reds and yellows. It doesn't hurt that I have an amazing husband and kid tagging along with me:)
On Saturday we went to the pumpkin patch and the corn maze. It's great because you buy a pass that will last for the rest of the fall for like six dollars. On that pass Michael has hayrides and playgrounds and a petting Zoo and a corn maze to enjoy! Love that everything here isn't all expensive like it is in Chicago, but still miss Chicago very much!
Getting ready for the corn maze!
Three year olds should not be able to climb all the way to the top of ten foot rope ladders...
Everyone should get to ride IN a cow someday..
King of the mountain!
After that, we went to Mill Run to look for acorns. Why is it that everytime I need something, like acorns or double sided tape, they are no where to be found???
My son has a goofy side....

This is a view from our walk home from the library. I like the duck pond and it's trees. I'm nervous that we won't be able to walk through there with ten feet of snow...
We got a pack of four plastic placemats at a garage sale. Geoff cut around the bats then cut circles out of the background and Michael and I made the door covering. Looks very cute with the boy in front of it. Yes that smile is present for almost every picture these days.....
I'm not going to give you an update on the house or my job situation or my medication situation. Nothing has changed. Only slightly irritated...

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

End of Summer fun and embroidery

So, a couple weekends ago there was a festival in a neighboring town (about five minutes away). They had a bunch of boy scout exhibits and girl scouts and senior centers and three BIG blow up playground things. Michael thought the best part was bouncing, of course. He finally went into a jumper and actually jumped. the whole time he was in, he was going up to other little people and asking if they were his friend. I'm telling you, this kid makes friends wherever he goes! They also had a "maze" blow up thing that he spent a lot of time on. At the end of the maze was a 6 foot slide that you climbed up and slid down. He tackled that one way too quick! He seriously scares me with his physical ability sometimes.
Afterwards there was a fireworks display. This was the first time we dared to go to the actual place that the fireworks were going off. Believe it or not, he has an aversion to loud sounds. Anyway we went. You would have thought I just bought him a car. He was laughing and telling be all about how the fireworks light up the sky and talking about which one was the biggest.....During the fireworks he laid down on me and said "thank you so much for bringing me to the fireworks. it's my favorite thing in the whole world!" I had tears in my eyes, of course. He's such a nice boy. He must have thanked us a hundred times on the way home too! I'm so glad he enjoys the little things!!
On a different note:
I made these for Sarah after she had her first baby. I also made some washcloths. I think the hedgies turned out the best, but for my first go at embroidering tee shirts, I think they all turned out nicely!
I made this for me, it will eventually be a purse. I've just gotten a little side-tracked.
I didn't get the job, for those of you who were wondering. She decided to go through an agency. So, I don't know......We'll see how my treatments go and then go from there. They do seem to be making a difference though. At least the cocktail they have me on is making a difference.
Michael is doing well in speech therapy. He loves the therapist and she is really good with him and he listens to her.
He's asked me to make him a couple more things. Working out the specifics on a Chinese dragon softie and a dinosaur, they don't seem as easy as a woo...
Our house hasn't sold, still. And the market is only getting worse, so keep praying!
Geoff still likes his job. They've been doing a lot of remodeling, so a lot of switching desks and so on for the last month, so that's a little frustrating, but the job itself is great. We're still hopeful of an easy winter....